Bowmaker was a financial company established by Percy Butler in Bournemouth, Dorset, in the 1920s. The company was essentially a hire-purchase business, mainly for motor vehicles.
The car market was expanding rapidly at this time with a thriving trade in large saloons for businessmen and comparable arrangements for the general public. The scope of hire-purchase was not restricted to motor cars. Such goods as cinema equipment were also financed by Bowmaker. The company also provided funds for improvements in land and buildings, including private houses. Bowmaker soon acquired a London office, followed by 30 branches throughout the UK.
The business is now part of the Lloyds Bowmaker finance group.